Hawaii volleyball: Happy birthday, Coach Shoji; White-Out Friday. Lower bowl sold out

One of my favorite pictures. Taken during practice before the 2016 NCAA first round against USC in Minneapolis. Dave Shoji supervising practice, holding his granddaughter. We didn’t know that it would be his last NCAA tournament.
Happy birthday to a very nice man and great coach.
Also Jim Leahy’s birthday.
Was just told by UH that Friday a designated White-Out.


  1. 808 December 4, 2019 2:36 pm

    Looks like only 2 single seats left in the lower bowl. Lots of seats still available in the upper bowl.

  2. H-Man December 4, 2019 2:52 pm

    Happy Birthday coach Shoji !!!

  3. Cindy Luis December 4, 2019 3:38 pm

    1. Lower bowl basically sold out. Don’t have update on Upper.

  4. Cindy Luis December 4, 2019 3:39 pm

    Someone asked on previous thread. Hawaii has put down its TeraFlex.
    SportCourt not required until later rounds.

  5. Maverick December 4, 2019 6:28 pm

    As we approach this year’s tournament, I decided to put together a fun trivia quiz for everyone. Some yield pretty interesting factoids. Cindy’s Bonus question blew my mind. Please enjoy.

    1. How many teams have had undefeated seasons?

    2. Which team has lost the most title matches?

    3. Since 1999, the Pac12 and Big10 have won the title every year except one. Which non-Pac12/Big10 team won that title?

    4. Since the NCAA started seeding the top 16 teams in 2000, how many times have the top 4 seeds all made it to the final four in the same tourney?

    5. Since 2000, how many unseeded teams have made it to the final four?

    6. When was the last time the title match featured the #1 and #2 seeds?

    7. Since 2009, how many times has the #1 RPI team on selection Sunday been named the #1 seed?

    8. Since 2008, how many times has UH’s seed been higher than its selection RPI rank?

    9. Who was the last “most outstanding player” of the final four to NOT be a member of the championship team?

    10. Since 2000, how many times has a top 4 seed lost in the subregionals?

    CINDY’S BONUS: When was the last time Penn St. failed to advance out of its own subregional, and who beat them?

    Answers to appear in a separate post…

  6. Gary December 4, 2019 6:36 pm

    Wow, where are the wahine fans? I thought for sure there would be at least a near sell-out by end of today. Been years since we hosted so hope we can fill it up and give the wahine and coaches a raucous home court advantage!

  7. darkfire35 December 4, 2019 7:04 pm

    Haouli La Hanau Dave! Mahalo nui loa for all the years you’ve given to this community and the resultant fun and entertainment!

    Great quiz Maverick (and Cindy bonus question)! Can’t wait to see the answers.

  8. Maverick December 4, 2019 7:05 pm

    I’ll post the answers here in about an hour. Thanks darkfire.

  9. blunite December 4, 2019 7:13 pm

    As their collegiate eligibility expires player’s thoughts turn to graduation, visiting family/friends, playing professionally, and finding a job.

    For playing professionally, health is the #1 priority. Jeoperdizing a professional career by returning from injury too soon is dumb. (Especially applicable if I experienced the same injury 9 times.)

  10. Cindy Luis December 4, 2019 7:26 pm

    6. Gary, today was the first day of tickets sales to the public. Over 5,000 two-day packages sold so far. Not sure why you’d ask where are the fans?

  11. Cindy Luis December 4, 2019 7:33 pm

    not that we really care but
    Tulsa def. UC Davis, 20-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-20
    Santa Clara leads Beach, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25

  12. Maverick December 4, 2019 7:59 pm

    Below are the quiz answers:

    1. 5 teams have had undefeated seasons: LBSU (1998), Nebraska (2000), USC (2003), PSU (2008, 2009); won’t happen this year. In the NCAA era, UH has finished the season with one loss 3 times (1982, 1995, 2004)

    2. Stanford has lost 8 championship matches, including one to UH (1987). Stanford has also won 8 titles and participated in 22 final fours

    3. Texas of the Big12 won the 2012 title by sweeping Oregon

    4. Once, in 2008, did all 4 seeds make the final four: #1 Penn St, #2 Stanford, #3 Texas, #4 Nebraska (aka the usual suspects)

    5. 3 unranked teams made the final four: BYU in 2014, Michigan in 2012, and Santa Clara in 2005; BYU lost in the title match to Penn St.

    6. In 2009, #1 Penn St. beat #2 Texas 3-2; this was also the year of UH’s last final four appearance. #1 vs. #2 also occurred in 2002 and 2008, with #1 winning those times as well

    7. 5 times has the #1 selection RPI team received the #1 seed: Baylor (2019), Stanford (2018), Penn St. (2017), Stanford (2014), Florida (2010); only Stanford (2018) went on to win the title (Baylor tbd). Another interesting factoid, from 2000 to 2009, the #1 seed appeared in the title game 9 times and won 8 titles; from 2010 to 2018, #1 seed has appeared in the title game once, last year, with Stanford winning. Being the #1 seed isn’t what it used to be

    8. 3 times has UH been seeded higher than its selection RPI: 2008, #7 seed despite #12 RPI; 2009, 12 seed & 18 RPI; 2013, 11 seed & 17 RPI. Bet you didn’t see that coming. UH has had a lower seed vs. RPI 3 times and been unranked the other 6 times. Interestingly, except for 2012, UH was seeded every year from 2000 to 2013. Since 2014, UH has been seeded only once, this year

    9. The last non-champion most outstanding player: Destinee Hooker of Texas in 2009; Penn St. won the title

    10. 2 times has a top 4 seed lost in the subregionals: Nebraska #2 in 2011 (the infamously stacked Honolulu regional) and Missouri #4 in 2013 (Carly Kan’s freshman year). Another interesting factoid, only twice have all 16 seeds won their subregionals (2001 and 2003)

    CINDY’S BONUS: In 2002, #12 seed Penn St. lost to Temple 3-1 in the second round, 17 years ago…what’s worse, 2002 was the last time Temple made the tournament, and the Owls’ win over Penn St. was its last tourney victory…talk about irony

    Go Bows!

  13. Optimist December 4, 2019 8:18 pm

    The cake for the Wahine: 2019 NCAA Women’s volleyball champions.
    The icing: Winning epic matches against Nebraska, Wisconsin, Baylor and Stanford.
    Main thing get the cake (good to know they believe they can get the cake and that is their goal)!
    Go Wahine!!!!!

  14. islandman December 4, 2019 8:57 pm

    OC16 will have the telecasts on Friday and Sat. assuming UH wins on Friday, per the schedule on the internet.

  15. sports for fun December 4, 2019 11:05 pm

    Thanks Maverick and Cindy for that volleyball quiz. Reading the answers was a lot of fun! If anyone cares and if you have ESPN+, the UCSB/Texas St. match will be shown, 12:30pm HST, tomorrow.

  16. Kahuna December 5, 2019 4:25 am

    I guess some of the bandwagon fans are not keen on buying the package since some may not be able or want to go both nights. $44 is pretty expensive if you going to bring your family.

    If UH wins Friday, there will be a guarantee sellout. It’s for a spot in the Elite 8 and it’s against a better opponent.

    Hope they sell out both nights but got to be realistic. Northern Colorado just doesn’t have an appeal. Senior night was a big night because of the special night and the love-hate relationship UH have with LBSU.

  17. WaWa December 5, 2019 6:06 am

    11. Cindy, we do care. As much as we love to beat LBSU and UC Davis, their success against everybody else bodes well for their programs and in turn our conference. Even though we went through Big West Conference play without our best player, it was still very entertaining to watch a more competitive Big West…Fullerton, Davis, Irvine…teams that have been been easy sweeps akin to our WAC days. Some people may have their reservations about the NIVC. I read about it here and on VT, but it is a valuable experience to programs that need the motivation or experience of a post-season.

    It was very unfortunate for Long Beach to lose in 5 and 14-16 in the 5th. That is of course a chance you take in participating in the NIVT as a 12-16 squad. It took Robyn two years to build her team and now in her third year her vision is coming to fruition. I’m excited to see the impact that Tuaniga has for the…Sharks(?) next year. I’m hoping for a successful year for Joy & her staff next year…but of course losing to Hawaii…twice.

    On another note, I’m really excited that we are hosting a sub-regional again! It is hard to believe that the last time we hosted was 2013. However, with our talented underclassmen, promising recruits, and amazing coaching staff, we will continue to host for years to come. Maybe someday a regional!

  18. Cindy Luis December 5, 2019 7:56 am

    15. I had nothing to do with the quiz. Perhaps maverick was being generous in mentioning me since it is my blog
    16. Again, yesterday was the first day of tickets to the public. And agree that people might be waiting for single tickets to go on sale for Saturday’s match. maybe people have other plans on Friday.
    Santa Clara def. Long Beach State, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 16-14
    17. If I didn’t care I wouldn’t have put up the scores
    but some people don’t.
    new thread up for Thursday with NCAA schedule
    Men’s poll out at 8 a.m. HST

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